The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is urging its members to donate extra personal protection equipment (PPE) and supplies to local healthcare professionals, facilities, and other medical providers on the frontlines of combatting COVID-19. These items may include masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection, and other products.
“AGD is encouraging our members to donate their surplus supplies during this critical time because the shortages our fellow healthcare workers are experiencing is staggering,” said AGD president Connie L. White, DDS.
“We want to do whatever we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent new cases, and we see this as a way to help during this critical time. The right equipment is key to limiting the infection’s transmission,” said White.
“General dentists remain available to help with emergency dental procedures. They are communicating with their patients and asking them to avoid hospital emergency rooms if they have a dental need during this time,” said White.
“We want to reduce the burden those dental visits would have on sites that are focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients,” White said.
The AGD also is providing resources about clinical treatment and practice management during the pandemic online.